Taste of the town

The Taste of Petaluma, a progressive feast that hops around downtown Petaluma, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 19 at about 50 different venues.

This year, the 12th annual benefit for Cinnabar Theater will feature a free trolley that will loop through four stops in the downtown. There will also be a designated beer garden along the river on Water Street serving food, beer and spirits and a Wine Garden behind the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum serving wine, cheese, chocolate and spirits.

More than a dozen performers will provide live entertainment throughout the afternoon. Author Francis Rivetti will do a book signing for “Fog Valley Crush” at the Hotel Petaluma during the event.

Tickets are $40 for 10 tastings. Reserve at The day of the event, tickets will be sold starting at noon at Putnam Square. 707-763-8920.


Cheese meets beer

Napa Valley Cheese expert Janet Fletcher will give a class on cheese and meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Silverado Cooking School.

During the class, Fletcher will lead present seven pairings of artisan cheese and craft beers. Joining her with be Jack Hyland of Fieldwork Brewing in Berkeley.

Cost is $70. To reserve:


Dinner for wine grape growers

Phil Coturri and Sam Coturri of Winery Sixteen 600 will join Santé Chef Andrew Cain in a wine grape grower dinner at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the restaurant at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn.

There will be a canapé reception with four-course dinner followed by a four-course dinner paired with wines made by Coturri, who started farming organic grapes 35 years ago in order to make better wines.

Tickets are $150, including wine pairings, but not tax or tip. Reservations: 939-2407.


All about olives

Olive expert Don Landis will hold an olive workshop, lunch and tasting at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Olive Oasis in Sebastopol.

Cost is $90, and advanced registration required at 7820 Apple Blossom Lane.


Stark wins Lamb Jam

Chef Mark Stark of Santa Rosa’s The Bird and the Bottle and Stark Reality Restaurants won both the Judge’s Choice and the People’s Choice awards at the 8th annual San Francisco Lamb Jam BBQ Bash held last month in San Francisco.

Stark, who hails from Maryland, beat out the competition with his Shaved Pastrami Lamb on Everything Buns with Fennel-Apple Kimchee, Kimchee Mayo and Pickled Mustard Seeds. His opponents included such renowned chefs as Mark Dommen of One Market Restaurant in San Francisco.

Stark will take his winning dish to Nashville in September for the Music City Food + Wine Festival, as he competes for the ultimate title of “Lamb Jam BBQ Master” and the chance to win $1,000 towards a charity of his choice.

Staff writer Diane Peterson can be reached at 521-5287 or On Twitter @dianepete56.